Factories Short-changing Farmers by up to €6m Per Week

Speaking at the IFA Beef meeting in Portlaoise tonight attended by over 300 people, IFA President Tim Cullinan said that the farmers were being short-changed by €6m a week based on the Bord Bia beef price tracker. “The Bord Bia tracker has brought more transparency to beef price and we can now see that Irish […]

10 Things to Know About… Insects

As the global population rises, questions are being asked as to how we can continue to feed the planet with more sustainable food products and behaviours. Could the answer be the humble insect? Meet the Teagasc researchers Carlos Álvarez García and Eduarda Cabral Neves on the new series of TV programme ‘10 Things to Know […]

Labour shortages are continuing to impact the agri-food sector, says ifac

Ifac, Ireland’s farming, food and agribusiness specialist professional services firm, is reminding Tipperary employers of the criteria for employment permits. As many as two in every three business owners in the agri-food sector find it difficult to hire employees according to ifac’s 2022 Food & Agribusiness Report. Lack of available skills, low interest in roles, high salary expectations […]

Managing Ash Dieback – Teagasc provides practical guidance to forest owners

Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department have produced a series of videos to provide objective advice to forest owners whose ash plantations have been affected by ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus), and to highlight the important factors that need to be considered when removing the infected ash trees, and replacing them with alternative tree species.  Dr Nuala Ní […]

Exclusion of Farmers from Proposed Energy Support Scheme Totally Unacceptable – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said that he understands that the Government intends to exclude farmers from the proposed Direct Energy Support Scheme reported in the media yesterday. “It is completely unacceptable, and a further blow to a farming sector greatly exposed by the cost of living crisis” he said.  “Irish farmers have been hit with […]

Female Farmers Urged to Make PRSI Contributions and Plan for Future Pensions

IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair Alice Doyle has urged female farmers to take the time to check what PRSI contributions they have made to date and ensure that they are making a contribution when carrying out tax returns this year. “As we approach the closing part of the year, consideration should be given […]

State now Paying the Price for Farm Renewables Policy Failures

IFA President Tim Cullinan has said the current energy security concerns reflect a failure by the State to foster the development of a fit-for-purpose farm renewable energy sector in Ireland. “Farmers across all sectors are grappling with massive increases in energy costs as they face into the coming winter. Unlike many of their European counterparts, […]

IFA Welcomes Minister’s Comments of Horse Farmers’ Inclusion in TAMS Scheme

IFA Horse Project Team Chair Richard Kennedy has welcomed comments made by the Minister McConalogue at the launch of the Dublin Horse Show last week, that he plans to include investments in the equine sector under TAMS in the next CAP regime beginning in January 2023. “The IFA Horse Project Team along with the full […]

Farmers Encouraged to Attend Energy and Farm Business Show 2022 in Gurteen

IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chair Paul O’Brien has encouraged farmers to attend the 2022 Energy and Farm Business Show in Gurteen College, Tipperary on Tuesday next, 19th July. The free event will provide farmers with the most up-to-date information on the opportunities in the renewable energy sector, as well as ways to improve energy efficiency on farms. There is […]

State aid: Commission approves €11.2 million Irish scheme to support producers of tillage and protein crops in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The European Commission has approved a €11.2 Irish scheme to support the agriculture sector, in particular producers of tillage and protein crops, in the context of Russian invasion of Ukraine.  The scheme was approved under the State Aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022, based on Article 107(3)(b) TFEU, recognising that […]

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